University of Missouri

52-21: An Act To Formally Establish A Procedure For MSA To Make A Student Fee Request

PDF of Bill 52-21

Missouri Students Association

University of Missouri

Bill 52-21

AN ACT TO FORMALLY ESTABLISH A PROCEDURE FOR MSA TO MAKE A STUDENT FEE REQUEST

PURPOSE: To establish a formal process for MSA to make a fee request to the Student Fee Review Committee (SFRC).

WHEREAS, MSA does not have a formal process for proposing a change in student fees to SFRC; AND

WHEREAS, this process should be formally laid out in the bylaws in order to ensure a smooth process in requesting a change in student fees; AND

WHEREAS, in the past no specific officer within the Association was/is tasked with making a proposal to SFRC; AND

WHEREAS, there is no oversight to ensure accountability of officers making a fee proposal; AND

WHEREAS, this process should be formalized to ensure accountability and student consensus regarding any requests made to the Student Fee Review Committee (SFRC).

THEREFORE BE IT ENACTED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION SENATE that Chapter IV of the bylaws be amended to read as follows:

Bylaws of the Missouri Students Association

Chapter IV

4.00 CHAPTER FOUR DEFINED – All rules for allocating funds shall be placed in this chapter of the bylaws.

4.10 ASSOCIATION FUNDS – Association funds shall be defined as all monies generated by the student activity fee, revenue for programs, transfers, or donations.

(A) GPC TRANSFER – The Graduate Professional Council (GPC) shall transfer a sum of money to MSA yearly to provide for joint programming between MSA and GPC (Chapter 6).

(B) USE OF FUNDS – The officers of the association shall have complete authority and responsibility for association funds within his/her department.

(C) AUDITS – To insure the proper use of association funds the Department of Student Life and Division of Student Affairs may audit MSA at any time.

4.20 ANNUAL BUDGET PROCEDURE – The processes for creating the association budget shall be outlined below.

(A) DRAFTING OF THE BUDGET – The Vice President in conjunction with the fiscal officer of the Department of Student Life and the Senate Budget Committee shall draft a budget that shall actively reflect the interests and goals of the association as a whole.

(B) SENATE COMMITTEE REVIEW – The budget shall be reviewed by the Senate Budget Committee at the committee meeting prior to the first reading of the budget at full Senate. The Budget Committee shall vote in accordance with the Rules of the Senate (Rule 4). If the Budget Committee does not pass the budget with a 3/5 majority vote, then the Vice President shall be required to resubmit a budget by the next committee meeting.

(C) FULL SENATE REVIEW AND FINAL PASSAGE – The budget shall be reviewed by full Senate and requires a 3/5 majority vote for final passage (Rule 15).

4.30 ANNUAL SFRC REQUEST PROCEDURE – The processes for making a request to the Student Fee Review Committee (SFRC) shall be outlined below.

(A) DRAFTING OF THE REQUEST – The Vice President in conjunction with the fiscal officer of the Department of Student Life and the Senate Budget Committee shall draft a request that shall actively reflect the interests and goals of the association as a whole.

(B) SENATE COMMITTEE REVIEW – The request shall be reviewed the Senate Budget Committee at the committee meeting prior to the first reading of the budget at full Senate. The Budget Committee shall vote in accordance with the Rules of the Senate (Rule 4). If the Budget Committee does not pass the request with a 3/5 majority vote, then the Vice President shall be required to resubmit a request by the next committee meeting.

(C) FULL SENATE REVIEW AND FINAL PASSAGE – The request shall be reviewed by full Senate and requires a 3/5 majority vote for final passage.

4.40 CONTINGENCY AND RESERVE REQUEST PROCEDURE – The processes for creating contingency and reserve requests shall be outlined below.

(A) SENATE COMMITTEE REVIEW – The contingency and reserve request shall be reviewed by the Senate Budget Committee at the committee meeting prior to the first reading of the act. The Budget Committee shall vote in accordance with the Rules of the Senate (Rule 4). If the Budget Committee does not pass the contingency and reserve request with a 3/5 majority vote then the bill shall not pass.

(B) FULL SENATE REVIEW AND FINAL PASSAGE – The contingency and reserve request shall be reviewed by the full Senate and requires a 3/5 majority vote for final passage

(C) FUNDING RESTRICTIONS – Contingency and reserve requests shall not be given to charities, be used to fund events occurring, or pay off debts incurred prior.

4.50 LINE ITEM TRANSFERS – The process for transferring money within the association shall be outlined below.

(A) UNDER $1,500 – The Vice President shall have the authority to make line item transfers under $1,500 within the association without the consent of the Senate. Transfers that would be transferred outside of the association shall require Operations and Senate approval regardless of the amount. All transfers must be announced to the full senate.

(B) GREATER THAN $1,500 – Any member of the association may propose line item transfers within the association in the form of an Act to the Senate Operations Committee and full Senate.

4.60 FINANCIAL REPORTS – The Vice President shall submit budgetary reports for all appropriations, including planned future expenses seven and fourteen weeks into each semester for the purposes of review. These reports shall be completed in conjunction with the Budget and Operations Committees and will be presented to full Senate seven weeks into the semester and fourteen weeks into the semester.

4.70 UNIVERSITY COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS – The association shall partner with the University in various programs and services.

(A) PROFESSIONAL STAFF – In joint agreement the association shall pay the salaries of any staff member hired within the confines of the association based on the University system of job classification and salary ranges.

(B) HIRING OF PROFESSIONAL STAFF – In joint agreement the association shall assist the University in hiring any professional staff member within the association.

4.80 ACADEMIC RECESS ALLOCATION REQUEST – The process of transferring funds or accessing the contingency and reserve account during an academic recess shall be outlined below.

(A) SPONSOR – The President, Vice President, or Senate Speaker shall have the authority to sponsor an academic recess allocation request.

(B) PRIMARY APPROVAL – Jointly the President, Vice President, and Senate Speaker must approve the request.

(C) SENATE APPROVAL – Members of the Senate Operations and Budget Committees shall vote on the request via electronic means. Members of the committee are defined as the voting members of Senate during the last regular Senate meeting.

(D) VOTING – The Senate approval of the request requires a 2/3 majority vote from the plurality of votes combined between the Operations and Budget Committees.

(E) QUORUM – Shall be 40% of the plurality of voting members between the Operations and Budget Committees. Failure to reach quorum shall result in a failing vote on the request.

4.90 OFFICER SALARIES – All stipends/salaries for officers of the association shall be outlined below.

(A) PRESIDENT – $9.35/hr x 18 hrs/wk x 42 wks= $7,069

(B) VICE PRESIDENT – $8.85/hr x 18 hrs/wk x 42 wks= $6,691

(C) SENATE SPEAKER – $8.85/hr x 16 hrs/wk x 42 wks= $5,947

(D) BOARD OF ELECTIONS COMMISSIONERS – $7.35/hr x 6 hrs/wk x 32 wks=$4,234

(E) EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS – $8.35/hr x 16 hrs/wk x 42 wks= $5,611

(F) SENATE CLERK – $7.35/hr x 9 hrs/wk x 34 wks= $2,249

(G) CHIEF OF STAFF – $7.35/hr x 6 hrs/wk x 34 wks = $2,999

(H) SECRETARY TO THE AUXILIARIES – $7.35/hr x 6 hrs/wk x 34 wks = $2,999

(I) STRIPES GENERAL MANAGER – $8.35/hr x 16 hrs/wk x 36 wks= $4,809.60

(J) KCOU GENERAL MANAGER – $8.35/hr x 16 hrs/wk x 32 wks= $4,275.20 (School year) + $8.35/hr x 8hrs/wk x 10 wks= $668 (Summer)

(K) MUTV GENERAL MANAGER – $8.35/hr x 16 hrs/wk x 42 wks= $5,611.20

Respectfully Submitted,

Jacob Sloan, MSA Senate Speaker

Helena Kooi, MSA Vice President

Ben Bolin, MSA Senator

Matt Kalish, MSA Senate Clerk